Liverpool look set to sign a new centre-back after finding out Joe Gomez is likely to miss the start of the season due to an Achilles injury.
The Liverpool Echo claims Jurgen Klopp will now intensify his search for a centre-back after recently cooling his search for more defensive cover.
The arrival of Joel Matip and the news that Mamadou Sakho was cleared of a doping offence by UEFA last week has meant that Klopp was looking to strengthen his midfield as a priority, but Sakho is facing around a month out with an Achilles problem. And now left-back Gomez, who Klopp had earmarked as cover at centre-back, has picked up a significant injury which the club are waiting to discover the full extent of.
Liverpool will enter the transfer market to sign a new centre-back after Joe Gomez suffered a crushing injury setback. #lfc (James Pearce)
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) July 14, 2016
Gomez, who was close to returning to full training after nine months out due to surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament, has picked up an Achilles tendon injury and that leaves Liverpool in a quandary.
Klopp’s centre-back options have been severely depleted with Kolo Toure being released and Martin Skrtel completing a £5.5million move to Fenerbahce. It leaves Klopp with a major defensive headache because he has just two senior centre-backs in Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren.